I am pleased to offer my support for the campaign in Wales to embed co-production principles at the heart of new community services legislation. With a public sector experience of over 30 years in areas of disability, communities and mental health in Western Australia, and extensive consultancy work nationally in Australia and in 9 countries, co-production has been a core foundation of the reforms which have had the most effective and sustainable outcomes.
I urge the government and community of Wales to seize this important opportunity to embed co-production principles into legislation and public services delivery and create a landmark foundation for more effective and stronger partnership between government, citizens and the community. Like the pioneering state of Western Australia, Wales has a magnificent opportunity to build a strong foundation for the future and to generate social capital and value rather than endless rationing of services.
If I can be of any assistance in taking this journey forward, I would be pleased to offer my support.
He’s coming over in September – I’ve promised him a pint and a rousing chorus of The Red Flag in four-part harmony. Offers from the other three parts gratefully accepted.
Co-production has deep roots in the mutual traditions of Wales that gave birth to the welfare state. It is an idea whose time has come. Nesta’s work over the past four years has identified examples of innovators across public services and civil society who are rethinking what they do and how they generate value through co-production. They start with the simple proposition that we should be organising public services with people rather than doing services to people, and they are achieving real impact.
Wales is home to many of these innovators and is well placed to lead the rest of the UK and the world in putting co-production at the heart of the next generation of public services.
I’m delighted to endorse and support the work of Welsh colleagues on their journey towards public service reform [based on] the principles of co-production.
All in this together are champions for change in Wales. There is a robust evidence base, and the energy and enthusiasm to take these principles forward. I urge the Welsh Government to explore co-production concepts further, as we have done in Scotland as part of our Public Service Reform.
I commend this approach and warmly wish Wales every success in embedding the principles of co production within future reforms.
OPM fully supports the principles of reciprocity, mutuality and respect which are at the heart of co-production…
We support the aspiration to see these principles enshrined in public service legislation in Wales. By including these co-production principles in the Social Services and Well-being Bill, the Welsh Government would be making a powerful and historic commitment to embed co-productive approaches throughout public services in Wales.
Time and again, Wales provides leadership to the co-production movement. You have been the flagship in defining the framework for transforming public policy…to address critical social problems. In an era when we are grappling with the cost of outsourcing the production of goods, Wales has pioneered co-production as a declaration: No more outsourcing what it means to be a human being.In the past we equated ’empowerment’ with a few seats on governing boards…In Wales, the leadership has been the first to speak of a different kind of empowerment: the power to create relationships based on respect and mutual interdependence.The economic pundits characterise the present as an era of obligatory fiscal austerity. For the rest of us around the globe who see a different possibility, Wales has led the co-production movement’s vision of abundance and equality made possible by enlisting the vast capacity in community as full partners in replacing the GDP with measures of well-being, creating an economy that values all its members as contributors, shareholders and stakeholders.